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O. Henry
Portrait of O. Henry, by W. M. Vanderweyde, 1909
Born William Sidney Porter
(1862-09-11)September 11, 1862
Greensboro, North Carolina
Died June 5, 1910(1910-06-05) (aged 47)
New York City, New York
Pen name O. Henry, Olivier Henry, Oliver Henry
Occupation Writer
Language English
Nationality American
Genres Short story

O. Henry was the pen name of the American writer William Sydney Porter (September 11, 1862 – June 5, 1910). O. Henry's short stories are well known for their clever twist endings.

O. Henry, pseudonym of William Sydney Porter, original name William Sidney Porter(born Sept. 11, 1862, Greensboro, N.C., U.S.—died June 5, 1910, New York, N.Y.) American short-story writer whose tales romanticized the commonplace—in particular the life of ordinary people in New York City. His stories expressed the effect of coincidence on character through humour, grim or ironic, and often had surprise endings, a device that became identified with his name and cost him critical favour when its vogue had passed.

Among his most famous stories are:

  • "The Gift of the Magi"
  • "The Ransom of Red Chief"
  • "A Retrieved Reformation

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